2665638 Guardsman Frank Arthur BURCHELL, 3 Coldstream Guards: 18/10/1943

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  1. Tobin

    Tobin Member

    I wonder if any of you knowledgable folk on here can help. My Father in law was mates with Frank and would like to know more about his friends war and death. Can anyone help with more information. He was 2665638 Guardsman Burchell from Godstone and died on 18th Oct 1943 aged 21 in Italy.
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi

    For record, CWGC link and full details:
    Casualty
    Guardsman BURCHELL, FRANK ARTHUR
    Service Number 2665638
    Died 18/10/1943
    Aged 21
    3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. S. Burchell, of Godstone, Surrey.
    INSCRIPTION: GOD IS LOVE
    Buried at MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY
    Location: Italy
    Number of casualties: 1954
    Cemetery/memorial reference: V, A, 6.
    See cemetery plan

    Don't know, however, if he was Killed in Action or Died of Wounds on that day.


    Official CG Regimental History online & downloadable
    The Coldstream Guards, 1920-1946, by Michael Howard and John Sparrow.

    On the night of 14 October the Coldstream returned to Santa Maria and the following morning the Brigade crossed the Volturno by the American bridge.

    North of the Volturno the plain forms a rough triangle, with the river at its base and on either side a range of mountains which gradually draw together until twenty miles farther north they are separated only by the Mignano Gap, through which Route 6 leads to Cassino and thence to Rome. 201st Guards Brigade found itself at the bottom right-hand corner of this triangle. Before it lay a long mountain range running north-westward, which had to be cleared before, the rest of the Division could advance over the plain to the west. The Coldstream crossed the Triflisco bridge in the early morning of 15 October, and climbed straight into the hills to relieve the Americans on the lower slopes of the 1,000-foot high M. Grande. Patrols went out that night to find the rest of the mountain strongly held. Next morning [16] Lt. C. L. Loyd attempted to dislodge the enemy with a platoon attack, leading his men under heavy fire to within 70 yards of the German positions, where he was forced to go to ground among the rocks.There he remained sniping and throwing grenades until at last shortage of ammunition forced him to return. That night a German officer who had witnessed this action lost his way and blundered into the Coldstream positions; he declared that Lt. Loyd's performance was the bravest thing that he had ever seen. The repulse of this platoon, the information brought by the prisoner, and the experience of a patrol which Lt. Quilter took out early that evening, made it clear that a stronger force would be needed to clear the mountain. During the night, therefore, 2 and 4 Coys. formed up in thick darkness and pouring rain to go forward, after a heavy precipitous track which led to the hill-side village of Pozzillo. 4 Coy. was in the lead, and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, as they approached this track, the leading platoons came under fire from Germans hidden in the houses and the olive groves of a little hill which the guardsmen dubbed 'the Mount of Olives'. Maj. Beck deployed his men to return the fire, Capt. Davidson brought 2 Coy. up on the left, and after one spandau had been eliminated by 2-inch mortar-bombs, Lt. Quilter and Lt. Tom led their platoons through the failing light in a charge up the mountain-side which overran twelve spandau posts. Sgt. Lee and Gdsn. Harrison — the latter a reservist aged 37 — especially distinguished themselves in this attack.

    Next morning the Scots Guards advanced two miles along the ridge Oct. 19 to M. Calvento, and the Coldstream went forward to join them later in the day.



    Two others from the same battalion died on same day and are also buried in Minturno War Cemetery

    Casualty
    Lance Serjeant BONAS, CHARLES WILLIAM LEONARD
    Service Number 2658886
    Died 18/10/1943
    Aged 22
    3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards
    Son of Herbert John and Marion Bonas, of Northfield, Birmingham.
    INSCRIPTION: HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS NOT COUNTING THE COST
    Buried at MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY
    Cemetery/memorial reference: V, A, 5.

    Casualty
    Guardsman COOK, LAURENCE CHARLES
    Service Number 2665615
    Died 18/10/1943
    3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards
    Son of Charles and Alice Julia Cook; husband of Doris Julia Cook.
    INSCRIPTION: FATHER IN THY HOLY KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE SLEEPING
    Buried at MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY
    Cemetery/memorial reference: V, A, 7.



     
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  3. Tobin

    Tobin Member

    Thank you very much indeed for your superb help!
     

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